The first reviews of The Da Vinci Code are out and what the press has to say isn't friendly:
"The Da Vinci Code" drew lukewarm praise, shrugs of indifference, some jeering laughter and a few derisive jabs Tuesday from arguably the world's toughest movie crowd: critics at the Cannes Film Festival.
While readers worldwide devoured the novel, reaction from Cannes critics ranged from mild endorsement of its potboiler suspense to groans of ridicule over its heavy melodrama.
One especially melodramatic line uttered by Hanks drew prolongued laughter and some catcalls, and the audience countinued to titter for much of the film's remainder.
Some people walked out during the movie's closing minutes. When the credits rolled, there were a few whistles and hisses, and there was none of the scattered applause even bad movies sometimes receive at Cannes."
The critics also had harsh words for director Ron Howard: "He doesn't make bad [movies]," one critic said, "but he doesn't make great ones."
Colin and I read Da Vinci Code a month ago when it came out in paperback and had a reasonably good time with the book. It wasn't brilliant, but it was kind of fun. Colin and I had planned to go and see the movie Friday night when it opens, but maybe now we'll save our $11 each and see something else.